a few weeks ago, I purchased a set of surplus body armour, as part of a fancy dress costume. all I knew at the time was it was british, ex-forces (most likely marines or navy since it was purchased in plymouth), and I assumed "bullet-proof" (that is to say, it offered ballistic protection) however, when I showed it to an ex-army aquaintance (as part of the costume) he identified it as a "stab vest", and indicated he had been issued one at some point. since it was ex-millitary, this confused me a bit. why would the army/navy/airforce need a vest designed to stop a blade, since my understanding is that for the most part, the two are difficult to combine, when the vast majority of the threats to them are ballistic in nature? the tags inside describe the outer as "cover combat body armour L/W mk.1" and the filler as "filler, combat body armour L/W mk.1" can anyone actually identify what my vest is supposed to stop? i'm curious.